Why does my dog always stare at me?

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Why are you so obsessed with me? (Picture: Getty)

Do you feel your dog’s eyes following you around the room – whether they are eating, resting, or even pooping?

It’s a strange habit that seems to universally confuse and unnerve dog owners all around the world.

But, there may be a very good reason why your canine companion is keeping eye contact.

Here is everything you need to know about locking eyes with your furry friend.

Why does my dog always stare at me?

Dogs have many reasons for turning their gaze on us.

It’s usually because they want to know something or are trying to tell you something.

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Your dog could be trying to tell you something (Picture: Getty)

Your dog is reading you

More than most other animals on the planet, dogs are tuned-in to humans.

They might be staring at you to read your body language, gauge your emotions, or get cues from you.

Your pooch may also be trying to work out what you are doing – you can tell your dog is confused when it tilts its head and pricks its ears.

Your dog is communicating with you

Your dog might simply look at you when they want something – such as food, attention, to go on a walk, or if they need the toilet.

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They may also try to communicate by following you around .

However, if your dog gives you a hard stare, with unblinking eyes, and a stiff posture then it might be a sign that they are unhappy with you for some reason.

In this instance, it’s best to avoid maintaining eye contact with them and to give them space to settle down – as your angry pup might interpret locking eyes as a sign of aggression.

If this body language continues, then it is worth taking your canine companion to the vet or a dog behaviour specialist.

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This little guy looks annoyed (Picture: Getty)

Your dog is feeling vulnerable when pooping

One of the more unsettling habits of dogs is making eye contact when going to the toilet.

If your dog stares at you while they’re pooping, it could be because they feel vulnerable and are looking to you for reassurance.

During the process, dogs are relatively defenseless and not in a position to fight or run away from any threats.

You should use a calm voice and assure them that they are okay.

Your dog is showing affection

Dogs obviously can’t hug you with their arms, but they can hug you with their eyes.

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The American Kennel Club reports that mutual staring between humans and dogs releases oxytocin, known as the love hormone. This chemical plays an important role in bonding and boosts feelings of love and trust. Stan Rawlinson from the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors previously told Metro.co.uk: ‘Eye contact is a big confidence booster for dogs. Dogs that really respect you will make eye contact.’ Follow Metro across our social channels, on , and Instagram